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Why is the tech industry still failing women?
Hootsuite CEO dishes on the scarcity of females in tech.
Or you can blame it on the obstacles to building a culture of entrepreneurialism among women: According to a recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, more than half of women doubt their abilities to start a business, while men report having a much more robust professional network for advice and inspiration.
But it’s hard to get around a simple reality: Computer science, the backbone of any tech startup, is still a male-dominated field. Women comprise fewer than 30 percent of U.S. computer science and engineering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels,according to the National Science Foundation
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Meet the starts of the City
The Observer brings together London’s top 23 entrepreneurs for a who’s who photoshoot.
See who made the cut

Putting HER in Hero
On Ada Lovelace day, Little Miss Geek celebrated the HER in Hero to shine a light on those women who can inspire a generation and to raise the awareness around new role models.
How many 12-year-olds do you know who have any idea about their future?
Currently, the UK’s tech workforce is only 17% female, and over the last 10 years this has been dropping by 0.5% each year. If the UK continues at this rate, by 2043 there will be fewer than 1% women working in technology despite more women being big consumers of technology.
Read more here

The invisible helmet
Two women and the invention that will change cycling forever. In this video they tell about their journey, watch now.

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Join the Girls in Tech UK team !

It’s been over a year since we launched Girls in Tech in the UK and a lot has happened in the last year.

We kicked off our launch with a full-day event at Google Campus, with over 100 attendees – and went on to reveal our GIT EURO 100 list that same day. The list was featured on tons of blogs, including both The Next Web and TechCrunch, helping to further recognise what exceptional female talent we have in the European tech ecosystem.

After our launch, we went on to team up with some of the UK’s top startup events and organisations, to help make these events more gender-balanced. We held our first Women’s Startup Weekend, held breakfasts with General Assembly and have helped integrate top women into other events and conferences throughout the UK.

Now, we want to take things to the next level. We have more incoming requests for events and collaboration than we can handle. We also want to develop our content and make sure we’re leveraging the digital space as well. Therefore, we’re currently seeking talented and passionate people to join our team and our cause – men included.

If you’re interested in joining Girls in Tech UK in any capacity, please fill-out this form by Friday, September 6, 2013.

Girls in Tech & General Assembly Breakfast – Round 2

General Assembly LogoAs many of you know, last month we held a breakfast event with General Assembly London featuring some fabulous speakers. We knew the event would be good but to our surprise, the event was an even bigger success than we had imagined!

With a completely full house that left many standing and a waiting list of attendees, we decided that maybe we should give it another go 🙂 So here is your official invitation to the Girls in Tech London and General Assembly Breakfast – Round 2! We encourage you to sign-up ASAP because if this event is anything like the last one, we’ll sell out pretty quickly.

Please join us on March 28th from 9:30-11am at General Assembly London for a breakfast event focused entirely on COMMUNITY! We’ll be featuring some impressive speakers to discuss how they built and leveraged their communities – both in the UK and abroad, online and offline – for their respective businesses. Speakers for this edition include:

  • Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp
  • Courtney Boyd Meyers, General Assembly London
  • Megan Zoback, Uber

Please be sure to sign-up here and we look forward to seeing you there! Oh yes, not a single man showed up to our last event. Let’s hope we change that this time, BOYS (VERY) ALLOWED 🙂

Girls in Tech London & General Assembly invite you to breakfast

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FEBRUARY 28th @ 9:30-11am

Girls in Tech London and General Assembly Breakfast

Girls in Tech London and General Assembly invite you to breakfast! We’ll hear from several stellar women on how they hacked the London startup scene, including:

Alicia Navarro, CEO and cofounder of Skimlinks

Judith Clegg, CEO of Takeout

Kelly Schneider Lees, GM Europe of Gogobot

Olivia Solon, Associate Editor of Wired.co.uk

Space is limited to please be sure to confirm if you plan to attend here. All attendees also receive 100 minicards from Moo.com 🙂

What to expect at the Girls in Tech Launch event

As we are literally less than 24 hours away from our launch event, I thought I’d take a moment just to give you an idea of what to expect.

Wait, no agenda?

As you may have noticed, we did not release the official agenda anywhere. This is because we want to avoid a mass of people coming for a particular topic and then leaving right after. The programme is packed and we’re hoping all attendees will come with an open mind, be surprised and discover something new.

That said, we have released the full list of speakers here. Be sure to check out the impressive people we have lined up.

Who else will be there?

In addition to our speakers, we’ve got a great group of attendees for you to network with as well. Press, investors, entrepreneurs and people from companies like Ebay, Conduit, Linkedin, Apple, Index Ventures and more.

Hungry? Come early!

We’ll be starting promptly at 12:00pm and serving a light lunch for the early birds.

…and the GIT EURO 100?

Many of you have asked about the GIT EURO 100. We received hundreds of nominations from across Europe and will be announcing the final list at very end of our programme, at 5:50pm just before closing remarks.

Afterparty?

Once the event is over, anyone and everyone is welcome to join us for drinks at Cargo in Shoreditch.

We’re thrilled to have such an amazing line-up planned for tomorrow. If you have any questions or have not yet received your invite, please feel free to get in touch.